Frequently Asked Questions About Select Soccer
Q - Can kids play-up on Select?
A - Yes. A player may play up one year. For U14 and below, to be eligible to play up, a player must be determined by the evaluators to be in the top five players, unless the player is grade appropriate. The top five ranking requirement does not start over for the second team. An ineligible player will be removed from the rankings of the evaluators, and the next highest ranked players from the rankings of the evaluators will move up one position in the rankings for purposes of determining the players that are selected based exclusively on the rankings of the evaluators. No more than five players may be allowed to play up on any one team. There are no playing up restrictions for players who meet the age criteria for U15 and older.
Q - How do try-outs work?
A - Select teams are formed based on tryouts each year, so players are not "guaranteed" a spot on their prior year's team like in Recreational soccer. And in most years, the "play-up" rules outlined above apply. Due to the USSF change from school year based team formation (Aug-July birthdays) to a calendar year team formation approach (Jan-Dec), MIFC and the other clubs in EYSA are relaxing the play-up rules for 2016. A player who is playing up in an effort to make the select team from the prior year need only make the roster in order to qualify. Select coaches typically take a full roster for U11 & 12 (14 players). For U13 and above, coaches typically take 16-18 players. So a player who was on that team in the previous year need only make the roster coming out of tryouts.
Q - Help! My player wants to play up, but the system won't allow me to register them because his/her birthday falls outside the age range for the team.
A - Don't worry, the system is designed this way to flag play ups. You can register your child for an appropriate aged team or tryout. For example, your GU11 child wants to play GU12. Register your player for any GU11 team. Once your player is in our system, please email the MIFC Select Registrar and we will override the age requirement manually and move your player onto the correct roster. If you have a U10 player who wishes to play up, please email the MIFC Select Registrar directly.
Q - Do you have to be a Mercer Island resident to try out for MIFC Select?
A - Anyone can try out for Select (they don't have to be MI residents). However, the majority of our players do live on Mercer Island. As a result, most of our Select players get to play with their Mercer Island friends and neighbors.
Q - What if a child misses tryouts or just moved here?
A - If, due to an injury, illness or schedule conflict approved by the MIFC Select Committee, a player does not attend tryouts, the player may have the opportunity to tryout at informal sessions at the discretion of the Select team coach, with the prior approval of the MIFC VP Select Soccer assuming the roster is not full. All players, excluding injured or sick players or schedule approved conflicts, must be present at a minimum of one formal tryout session to be eligible for selection to the team at the conclusion of formal tryouts. Further, if a player moves into the area after scheduled tryouts, the player may have the opportunity to tryout at informal sessions at the discretion of the Select team coach, with the prior approval of the MIFC VP Select Soccer, assuming the roster is not full.